What is Orienteering?

The sport of skilled navigation, orienteering is a timed challenge through unfamiliar terrain to find a series of checkpoints (called controls) and return to the finish.

The only tools you're allowed - a detailed map with the course and controls on it (given to you at the start), a compass, and your brain. The rest is up to you. Usually on foot, but sometimes on skis, snowshoes, or mountain bike, orienteering can be as extreme, or as leisurely, as you like. Learn More!


Try an Event

Getting started in our sport is easy.  You can come out to one of our clinics, join one of our training programs, or jump right in and give one of our events a go.  All of our events are beginner and family friendly.  

Get Started!

Any of the events in the following series
would be excellent ones to start with:

Spring and Fall Series Join us!
Sunday morning events in Ottawa's nicest 
forests and natural areas.
Summer Solstice Series Join us!
Fun Tuesday evening events throughout June.
Accessible greenbelt locations.
Winter Series Join us!
Orienteer on skis and snowshoes!
Orienteering Clinics Join us!
Get a jump start on our sport!

Find your Program

Want to improve your orienteering?  Stay in shape while using your brain? Orienteering Ottawa has programs for orienteers of all ages and abilities.

Here are a few of our most popular programs:

Learn to Orienteer:
Instructional Clinics for all ages 5-85 More Details
Kids Running Free
Spring and Fall sessions for ages 8-14.
No experience required.
Multiple locations! More Details
Intro to Competition
Spring and Fall sessions for ages 10-16.
Tuesdays and Sundays. More Details
Drop-in Running Training
Every Wednesday year round.
All ages, all abilities. More Details
Adult Coaching
Intermediate More Details and Advanced More Details

Important Updates

  • Mountain Bike Orienteering

    01 April 2014
    Orienteering Ottawa is partnering with Ottawa Mountain Bike Association to offer two mountain bike orienteering events on the intricate trail system of March Highlands.  See full details.
  • Suncoast Orienteering - a Winter Treat!

    30 March 2014
    Read Bill Anderson's story of orienteering in Florida at a meet run by club member Gord Hunter on one of Gord's many new maps in Florida.
  • Welcome

    27 March 2014
    Welcome to our new website We hope you like it and can find all the new exciting programs and events planned for spring of 2014.  Click the title for full details.
  • Spring 2014 Adult Orienteering Programs

    27 March 2014
    This spring we will be introducing two new orienteering programs for adults wanting to improve their orienteering skills or simply enjoy the outdoors with a map and compass in a group setting.   Our ...

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